The Brettenham garden trail is the BGC version of the traditional village open gardens event. Instead of having a number of gardens open to the public for an afternoon, it involves garden club members, family and friends visiting various gardens in rotation, which allows the garden hosts to join in the fun. This year it took place on Sunday 21 May, a warm sunny day.
We started off with Viv and Geoffrey at Bugg's Farm. This was a chance to see at close quarters the new garden which has been created mostly out of farmland, usually only seen from a distance as I drive past. The main part of the garden is a wildflower meadow, planted up with blocks of hawthorn and rowan, and wide swathes of mown paths. Close to the house is a large gravel garden with ornamental grasses and foxtail lilies. We were all impressed by the grass terracing cut into the bank of the pond at the front of the house.
Moving on, the next stop was 14 The Street (my garden). I would describe it as a high maintenance country style garden, with shrub borders, perennial and cut flower borders, vegetable garden, a pond and lots of pots. There are several untidy corners which was probably why one of the visitors described it as ‘relaxed'! It was nice to share it with everyone over a glass of Pimms.
After this we visited Charles and Cathy at the Popples. This is a large established garden with mature trees, shrubs and a highly productive vegetable garden. I was envious of how much more advanced the vegetables were than mine. Flowering climbers and roses feature prominently. One of the best things has got to be the swimming pool and summerhouse, where I can imagine relaxing after a hard day's graft.
Finally we were pleased to end up in Stuart's garden at Popple's Cottage. This is a garden packed with plants and features, truly a ‘room outdoors', testament to Stuart and Cynthia's love of gardening. It was especially good to finish off the afternoon with a magnificent choice of drinks and food supplied by Stuart's family which attracted a few passers by who had skipped the other gardens in favour of the Village Inn!